News: Heavy D's Tax Woes Exposed, Late Rapper Still Owes Big Bucks

Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 6:58PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Late hip-hop artist Heavy D is making headlines months after his unexpected passing last November with reports claiming he owes just over $40,000 to the government.

According to reports, Heavy's debt dates back roughly four years ago.

Rapper Heavy D was working on a huge comeback before he passed away last year, but some of the profits might have gone straight to the State of California ... because Heavy had a pretty sizable tax debt. According to docs filed last month by the Franchise Tax Board in California, Heavy D (real name Dwight E. Myers) has a tax lien against him in the amount of $43,967.87. The lien applies to the years 2008 and 2009. Heavy D passed away last November after suffering a pulmonary embolism outside his Beverly Hills home. He was 44. (TMZ)

A few weeks ago, a documentary titled Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D premiered.

The hour-long documentary includes interviews and testimonies from entertainment heavyweights including Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Brett Ratner, MC Lyte, and more. Viewers will hear stories about the late rapper from his family and other artists who formed early hip-hop including Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Kurtis Blow. Interviews include Queen Latifah reflecting on Heavy D as a mentor and Will Smith discussing their early beginnings together in hip-hop and Hollywood. Fans will experience how his music impacted hip-hop and pioneered the way for other MCs, and will also enjoy performance footage including Heavy D's last televised performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on October 11, 2011. (Market Watch)

In January, Terror Squad leader Fat Joe reflected on Heavy D's unexpected passing last fall.

"It was a sad occasion when Heavy D passed. He's somebody I look up to. He was a mentor, somebody who really inspired me growing up," Joe said in an interview. "Being a big person Heavy D was doing it so big I've always admired him so it was a sad note -- I had confidence. I felt like I was looking at TV and I seen a guy Heavy D and I'm Fat Joe from The Bronx. And I was dancing like him and it made me feel confident about myself. And I felt like fat guys could do it." ("106 & Park")

A month prior, Heavy's cause of death was finally revealed.

An autopsy performed on rapper Heavy D, who collapsed and died suddenly on Nov. 8, found that the cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, according to the report released Tuesday. The coroner's office found that Dwight Arrington Myers, better known as Heavy D, died of a blood clot in his lung. He also suffered from deep leg vein thrombosis and heart disease. The blood clot was "most likely formed during an extended airplane ride," said Craig Harvey, chief of the Los Angeles County department of coroner. The rapper had recently returned from a trip to London. (Los Angeles Times)

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